The maverick Kinji Fukasaku was a well-known Japanese filmmaker noted for his diverse and imaginative filmmaking. Fukasaku distinguished himself early on with a series of Toei Studio yakuza films, before moving on to direct the hit, Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970).
He directed 60films in his four-decade career, covering issues as diverse as organised crime’s code of conduct, World War II and its fallout, the nuances of Japanese male-female relationships, and the very essence of Japan’s cultural tradition.
His last film Battle Royale presented Fukusaku’s depiction of an adult-ruled society’s brutal eradication of teenage desires.